MIM (Multi-Purpose Internet Mail Message File)
The MIM Misc file format
MIM files are commonly used by e-mail programs like Microsoft Outlook, Apple Mail and Mozilla Thunderbird to store information that has been MIME encoded. Typically, MIM files include the following information: The type of content of the message, the mime type and the method used for encoding the data. MIM files can either be sent separately or as part of the e-mail itself. Usually, the files are decoded by the e-mail program used for sending. However, other encoding programs can decode the MIM file as well.
Technical details of MIM files
The content of a MIM files comprises of 8-bit data and other kinds of characters including but not limited to ASCII. All kinds of 8-bit content is supported, such as files that have been attached to e-mails. That sets MIM files apart from other saved email messages that only contain 7-bit data in text form.
More information about the MIM file format
|Associated programs||Apple Mail (Mac)
Corel WinZip (Windows)
Microsoft Outlook (Windows & Mac)
Microsoft Outlook Express (Windows)
Mozilla Thunderbird (Windows & Mac)
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe (Windows & Mac)
|Useful links||More about MIM and MIME encoding|
|Developer||Internet Engineering Task Force|